8:00 am Update
Firestone, Shackelford book, etc.: In Part One of my review of Geoff Shackelford’s book The Future of Golf, I wrote that Shackelford thought little of Firestone South, and that I wished that I knew his views on Torrey Pines. Well, last night, as I was finishing up the book, I found my answer, in a parenthetical comment after a discussion of USGA conflict avoidance with equipment manufacturers:
(Translation: Get used to venues like Torrey Pines, where having plenty of corporate tent space takes priority over course quality.)
Woods shoots 68 after “long layoff”: This is Woods’s second event in two weeks, same as 95 percent of the rest of the field, but a Morning Drive analyst just said his 68 was amazing “after such a long layoff.” Huh?
Brag Time: July was the busiest month in Lanny H Golf’s history. After setting new highs in March and April, July beat those twin peaks by 38 percent. This website is drawing an astonishing amount of traffic for something that was started as a complete lark. (And remains a complete lark.) Consider this: If a “real” golf website told the truth about Tiger Woods, they’d steal all my traffic. Odds of that happening? Oh, about a million to one. You see, the truth seems to be incompatible with shilling for the corporate golf industry.
Morning Woods: I turned on Morning Drive to hear about day one of the WGC. Ten minutes in and all they’ve talked about is five-shots-behind-the-leader Tiger Woods. Pathetic. Williams ends segment with, “Much more to come, certainly, on Tiger.”